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Imran, Indira sworn-in as minister, state minister

Imran, Indira sworn-in as minister, state minister

State minister for expatriates' welfare and overseas employment Imran Ahmed took oath as the full minister while Fazilatunnesa Indira MP as state minister. They were administered oath by President Abdul Hamid, at Bangabhaban Saturday (July 13). Bangladesh Awami League Secretary for Women Affairs Fazilatunnesa Indira MP was appointed at Ministry of Women and Children Affairs. The cabinet of 11th National Parliament now has become a 48-member one.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s cabinet witnessed a minor reshuffle amid an oath-taking ceremony promoting a state minister to a minister and inducting a new face into the council of ministers, at Bangabhaban on Saturday evening (Jul 13).

State Minister for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmed was sworn in as a full minister while ruling Bangladesh Awami League Women Affairs Secretary Fazilatunnesa Indira as a state minister. President Md. Abdul Hamid separately administered the oath of office and secrecy of the cabinet members in presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Bangabhaban.

Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam conducted the ceremony which began with recitation from the holy Quran.

The appointments in their respective positions came into effect soon after taking oath, local media reported.

Earlier, the President of the Republic in line with the Section-56 (Article-2) of the Bangladesh Constitution gave them appointments as the minister and the state minister.

A six-time MP from Sylhet-4 constituency Imran Ahmed was made a state minister on Jan 7.

A former general secretary of ruling Bangladesh Awami Leagues’s women front Mohila Awami League, Fazilatunnesa Indira is an MP from the women reserved seat for the second term.

The Bangladesh Awami League-led Grand Alliance achieved landslide victory in the 11th Jatiyo Sangsad election on Dec 30, 2018. Sheikh Hasina’s cabinet took oath on Jan 7, 2019 for a third consecutive term. Later, a minor reshuffle in the cabinet took place on May 19.

With this minor reshuffle of the 47-member council of ministers, it now becomes 48 with 25 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers.

Guests present at the glittering Durbar Hall of Bangabhaban included Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s daughter Saima Wazed Hossain, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and secretaries concerned to the Bangabhaban, PM office and ministries concerned, and senior civil and military officials.